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Managing Emotions: Learning to Soothe Yourself

Managing Emotions: Learning to Soothe Yourself

Some people find it easier than others to control impulses, manage their anxiety, moderate their eating and drinking and have drama-free relationships. This ability to self-manage is, like all human behaviours, on a vast spectrum from over-doing it to under-doing it and during the course of our lives we will not remain at the same point on the spectrum. Think of Bridget Jones’ Diary. Sometimes she starves herself on 500 calories a day, but in times of stress it goes up to around the 7000 calorie mark. It’s not just a matter of willpower. It might also be to do with...
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Looking into The Examined Life

Looking into The Examined Life

When Hampstead psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz sat down to write The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves, he could not have predicted the success it would become. This selection of  life stories he has heard in his consulting room has sold more than 40,000 copies in the UK alone, and been translated into 20 different languages in 23 countries. When I interviewed Grosz he explained that there were a number of reasons he had wanted to write his patients’ stories.  He listed everything from leaving a legacy for his school-age children to expressing his life-long...
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